chapter  2
Culture, evolution, rationalization and method
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The release of a potential for reason embedded in communicative action is a world-historical process; in the modern period it leads to a rationalisation of life-worlds, to the differentiation of their symbolic structures, which is expressed above all in the increasing reflexivity of cultural traditions, in processes of individuation, in the generalisation of values, in the increasing prevalence of more abstract and more universal norms, etc. [1].